2008 Van Ruiten Zinfandel Old Vine Lodi


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Valley
  • Lodi
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • jonahfactor Likes this wine:

    May 18, 2015 - Bottle signed by the winemaker . . . Remarkably young and fresh in the bouquet and on the palate, in spite of some bricking in the glass. Copper ruby with a lush necklace. Cedar and Asian spices in the nose with black and purple pit fruits and blackberries on the palate. A lighter finish than expected, offering whiffs of tar and smokey oak. Nice spicy elements throughout. Overall still drinking very well, but likely in decline. Drink now.

  • cuffthis wrote: 82 points

    November 23, 2013 - Tawny in color, this wine was well past its prime. The nose revealed light hints of its previous life with subtle jammy fruit and brambly tones. The mid palate brought a little acidity and some heat. The finish was short and unstable.

    I wish I had drank this about 2-3 years earlier. RIP.

  • spidersva Likes this wine: 88 points

    April 30, 2013 - Really solid true zin, especially for the price

  • marcellevi wrote: 90 points

    March 5, 2013 - Very nice. On the pale maroon color side but makes up with a big sweet nose of vanilla, oak and spice. Not overly complex. Typical Zin earthy character with medium ripe red fruit and more oak. Really nice especially for under $20.

  • thelinebreak wrote: 87 points

    September 8, 2012 - When I poured this, it looked really thin. It appeared almost as thin as Pinot Noir. A Zin should be deep and juicy looking. It should almost be black. It should not be this 60% opaque, rosé colored wine. Oh boy.

    The nose is better than the color with a floral bouquet and some light cherries and some wood. (I usually can’t pick out wood, like cedar or oak or whatever woods wine drinkers pick up, but this time I do, but I don’t know what type of wood. Oak I guess.) And lots of spicy vanilla. Real vanilla. Not that imitation vanilla. And maybe some rum, too. Wow. Rum and wine. If you had that on you alcoholic daily double, then you hit the jackpot tonight. I think there’s a hint of tarragon in there, too. (Isn’t there an upset stomach remedy that includes soaking a vanilla bean and some tarragon in rum . . . or is that just something that sounds tasty?)

    Wow. It finishes really hot. This must be loaded with alcohol. It’s making my eyes blink. Maybe there is rum in it afterall.

    When drinking it, I can catch a bit of lovely jamminess that usually accompanies a red Zinfandel, but it last only for 2/10 of a fraking second.

    There’s not much body with this.

    I usually think Zins go well with pizza or pasta in red sauce, but I don’t think this one will. However, it seem like a hard sausage would be a good complement.

    The more it opens, the more the jamminess appears and the longer it remains in the happy zone of taste buds, but then the hot finish takes it away. This means I have to keep drinking and drinking and drinking to maintain the jamminess. Drink. Drink. Drink. Ah. I just had a hot flash. Wait, can men have hot flashes?

    This wine seems like it might lead to heart burn in the morning.

    The more this opens, the better it gets, but the finish is a party pooper. Without the finish, this would be a thin 88, and maybe an 89. With the finish, it’s a thin 87. Meh. There are better wines and Zins for the same price.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/5/2011 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Van Ruiten
  • Varietal Zinfandel
  • Designation Old Vine
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Valley
  • Appellation Lodi

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  • In Cellars 45 (38%)
  • Consumed 72 (62%)

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